00:40 GMT +316 November 2019
Listen Live
    Venezuelans ride atop and alongside semi-trailers accompanying U.S. humanitarian aid destined for Venezuela, in Cucuta, Colombia, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019

    US Humanitarian Convoy for Venezuela Contained Expired Goods - Ambassador

    © AP Photo / Fernando Vergara
    Latin America
    Get short URL
    6420
    Subscribe

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The humanitarian convoy, which the United States recently failed to force into Venezuela, contained expired medications and decayed food, Venezuelan Ambassador to Russia Carlos Rafael Faria Tortosa said in an interview published on Tuesday.

    "I should add that the United States are sending us products that no one has inspected. Sources have told us that the boxes contained decayed food, and expired and unusable medications," Tortosa told Russian newspaper Izvestia.

    READ MORE: Guaido Plans to Return to Venezuela From Colombia This Week — Reports

    The ambassador specified that no organization responsible for inspecting humanitarian convoys, including the International Committee of the Red Cross, had checked the US aid.

    Tortosa added that Venezuela did not reject foreign humanitarian assistance in general. It has accepted seven tonnes of medications from Russia, as the Venezuelan government is sure that this aid has been provided sincerely, without any "pitfalls."

    On Saturday, the Venezuelan opposition failed to ensure the delivery of the so-called humanitarian aid, including products and medications from the United States and other countries, into Venezuela from Colombia and Brazil. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has rejected the deliveries of US-sponsored aid as a ploy to oust him from power and called it a "show" aimed at justifying an intervention into Venezuela.

    Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez had dismissed allegations about a humanitarian crisis in the country, recalling that international law provided for deliveries of foreign humanitarian aid only in cases of natural disasters and armed conflicts.

    Caracas has warned that illegal entrance of any vehicle into Venezuelan territory would be considered an offense by the country's military officers.

    Related:

    Caracas Accuses US of Economic Blockade, Warfare Against Venezuela
    Brazilian Military Widens Security Cordon on Venezuelan Border to Lower Tensions
    Venezuelan Minister: 'Opposition Was Planning to Kill People on the Border'
    Tags:
    humanitarian aid, United States, Venezuela
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik